Charles Drazin: The Faber Book of French Cinema

When man created film

Sally Burton


The Faber Book of French Cinema
by Charles Drazin
Faber, $45 pb, 663 pp, 9780571218493


Charles Drazin tells us that his interest in French cinema began as a student at Oxford in the early 1980s, when he attended screenings at the Maison Française, an institution established after World War II to encourage cultural exchange between Britain and France. Some of the films were obscure, some better known; the audience comprised devotees and newcomers who never quite knew what they were going to see. The free admission, the 16 mm projector, the portable screen fixed to a tripod, even the scraping of chairs on wooden floors contributed to the sense of occasion for the young cinéastes.

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Published in September 2011 no. 334
Sally Burton

Sally Burton

Sally Burton is the Executive Producer of Onward Production, a Perth-based independent theatre company. She is also Patron of Black Swan State Theatre Company, with which she runs The Richard Burton Award for New Plays, in memory of her late husband, the renowned actor Richard Burton. Sally is also involved with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where she offers an annual prize to third-year acting students. Before moving to Perth from London in 2005, Sally wrote for a variety of British newspapers and magazines. Sally is a director of Giving West and is an Honorary Fellow of The University of Wales, Swansea, in recognition of her interest in, and support of, the history and culture of Wales.

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